Showakinen Park Winter Vista Illumination
Japan has always been known for the world’s largest and most divine illumination events in the world. One of which is Showakinen Park’s Winter Vista Illumination. Have you been? If not, come and witness the awesome attractions with us!
If you’re a fan of lights and all things glittery (winter season or not), the Showakinen Park’s got you covered between December 2nd until December 25th! This vast area offers magnificent sceneries and a plethora of recreational activities fit for people of all ages.
Showakinen Park, which was developed in 1983 is just an hour away from Tokyo. The park was built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Emperor Hirorito’s time spent in power.
As for the Winter Vista celebration, the first ever illumination in Showakinen happened in 2010. The venue originally was only known for its beautiful spring and autumn gardens featuring a wide variety of greenery and flora. The entire place beams with nature’s beauty—chery blossoms, poppies, tulips, and many more. But when ice crystals start to pour in, gardens become covered in snow. To bring the park back to its stimulating landscape, the illumination event was created.
Splendid Themed Gardens
Since Showakinen Park offers a manifold of themed gardens, making it the perfect place to explore!
The most famous spots being, the Canal
and the Fureai Field.
Marvel at the splendor of artificial flowers with the mountain of lights in the background.
Here’s another angle.
A tunnel studded with colorful LED lights to set a romantic—ethereal even—mood.
Fountain of lights! The water and lights dances along with the cheerful music in the background. Capped off with a colorful fireworks display!
Of course, aside from visual enjoyment, the park as various cafes, food stalls, restaurants, and tea rooms available. The park is also complete with amenities including good ol’ drink machines. You can even bring your pet along to revel in the lighting attraction.
Entrance fee varies per age group. Infants and Toddlers between 0-5 years old can get in for free. Children between 6-14 years old pay 80 yen while adults, ages 15-64 get charged 410 yen for the entrance fee. Seniors get discounts and only pay 210 yen for the entrance fee.
How To Get There
From Tokyo, you can reach the park in 40 minutes by train from Shinjuku.
Showakinen Park is a few minutes away from Tachikawa Station. Take the station’s north exit to get to Akebono Gate in under 10 minutes. This gate leads to Tachikawa Gate where entrance fees are collected before entering the actual venue. This route is great for first-timers and those looking to take the shortest route to the park as possible.
The gate can be accessed through JR Ome Line. Get off at the Nishi-Tachikawa Station to reach the Nishi-Tachikawa Gate in 15 minutes. Second timers prefer this route because it gives access to the Waterfowl Lack and Rainbow Pool complex. It’s also less congested compared to the Tachikawa Gate.
The Sunagawacho Gate
The route preferred by locals and tourists staying near the park who have access to the Seibu Haijima line from the Musashisunagawa stations. It’s a 20-minute walk, though so better have your layers game ready.
3173, Midoricho, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo, 190-0014, Japan
December 2, 2017
Hours & Fees
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM | Free to up to 410 JPY